Robert Kubica has opened up on the pain he endured following his life-threatening rally crash almost nine years ago.
The Polish driver was forced to pull out of the 2011 Formula 1 season after a crash at the Ronde di Andora rally, which was held before the start of the F1 season.
However the rally crash, which left him with a partially severed forearm, cast a major doubt over his future career in racing.
"There were a few nights where I cried," the 35-year-old told TVP. "20 years of passion and work changed in one second.
"I had to mentally, as well as physically, rehabilitate myself. The turning point was when I did not think about how to do something, but I was glad that I could do it at all."
Kubica began working his way back through the motorsport ladder and made a handful of test outings in 2017 with Renault, sparking rumours that he was on his way back to an F1 race seat.
After a year on the sidelines with Williams, Kubica was signed as a full-time driver in 2019, but endured a difficult campaign as the Grove-based team was stuck at the back of the field.
"He doesn't let failure bring him down," Stroll said. "He falls but gets up. In sports and in life, I have not seen someone who is so determined, such a fighter."
Kubica pointed out that the extent of his injury means that something as simple as tying his shoelaces is no longer easy.
"As a rule, I am lazy and do not tie them at all, but if I did it like before the accident, it would not be possible," Kubica said. "After some time, the mind and body find a new way, and it is the final result that is important."
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